"I want a quiet, simple life and some glory, and Stephen Spielberg filming my life story…”
Answering such questions as “They say that housework never killed anyone, but why take the chance?”, Just A Housewife is an evening of comedy and musical gems exploring the challenges of balancing life as an actress, wife and mother. With music by Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kander and Ebb, Jerry Herman and more, this semi-autobiographical cabaret is performed by American actress and singer Pippa Winslow, joined by Andrew Hopkins at the piano and directed by Evan Ensign.
Anyone who has ever been or has ever known a wife or mother will enjoy this look at the challenges of trying to find time for kids and career without losing your temper - or your mind. A quick how-to guide to “Having It All” tackling important issues such as “I wanted to change the world, but I couldn’t find a babysitter”, “I can cook anything that fits in the toaster”, and “I understand housework, just not as it applies to me” with songs such as ‘Just a Housewife’, ‘I Want It All’ and ‘The Laziest Gal In Town’.
Cast and Creative Team
Pippa Winslow (Housewife) has recently enjoyed West End runs of Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios, Strangers on a Train at the Gielgud Theatre and Other Desert Cities at the Old Vic. Additional West End credits include Miss Pross in A Tale of Two Cities and Mrs Morrison in Legacy Falls. She also played Frau Schmidt in the UK Tour of The Sound of Music as well as Carlotta in the UK premiere of Yeston and Kopit’s Phantom. Originally from the US, Pippa has toured nationally with The Phantom of the Opera as well as David Henry Hwang’s play M Butterfly. She created the role of The Thought Girl in the Off-Broadway musical Opal. On television she has appeared as Ruthie Lambert in Banged Up Abroad: Cocaine Mule Mum, Mrs Ball in Angel of Decay, Margaret Lawson in Suspicion: The Killing Oath, Mrs Gallagher in Obsession: Dark Desires, and on The Guiding Light for CBS. Film appearances include Jason Bourne, Sable Fable, Fear the Unknown Men, Dropkick, Something Blue, Discord, Valladesam, Bardo and In Two.
Andrew Hopkins (Musical Director) graduated from the GSA Conservatoire in 2004, where he was the Sean McGrath scholar. His first job as a musical director was for the play She Stoops to Conquer at Hampton Court Palace in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex, where he also played the role of Diggory. Most recently, he was asked to work with Dame Julie Andrews in the casting process of the 60th Anniversary production of My Fair Lady at Sydney Opera House . Andrew is the founder and resident conductor of the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra, performing shows and concerts with West End artists around the world. Recent Musical Director credits include: Call Me Merman (UK Tour), Is There Life After High School (Bridgend College), A-Z of Musical Theatre (UK Tour), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Pomegranate). As an accompanist, he has been lucky enough to play for many West End singers, including Caroline Sheen, Janie Dee, Savannah Stevenson and Rosemary Ashe. He regularly plays for auditions and masterclasses in London as well as teaching for the Guildford School of Acting and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Evan Ensign (Director) has directed Avenue Q for two UK tours and internationally, Richard Thomas’ Wrong Songs For Summer in London, RENT in Montreal and for a tour of the Far East, Womyn In Three, Out of the Reach of Children and Simone at Town Hall – A Tribute to Nina Simone in New York. Most recently, Evan was the Resident Director for the West End production of Strangers on a Train and the West End production and UK tour of The Phantom of the Opera. As Associate Director: Avenue Q (Broadway, Las Vegas, West End and US tours), RENT (Broadway and US tours), Les Miserables (US tour) and Shrek (Broadway and US tour). Other credits include work on Broadway with Chicago, Exit the King, and Annie Get Your Gun, the US tour and Los Angeles company of The Phantom of the Opera, the workshops for The Book of Mormon, and Julie Andrew’s Gift of Music at the O2.
“All I am is just a housewife, nothing special, nothing great...”